Community Action Team (CAT) has hired Russ Clark to serve as full time Veteran’s Service Officer. Clark will work from an office at the Community Action Center (125 N. 17th Street St. Helens). Office hours will be Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
Clark served as Veterans Service Officer at the state level with the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs in 2009 and 2010. In late 2010 he moved to a position as a Ratings Veterans Service Officer with the Veterans Benefits Administration, Portland VA Regional Office. He served with the Portland VA Regional Office until accepting the position as the Veterans Service Officer in Columbia County on May 1, 2013.
Clark is a retired U.S. Army Major who served twenty-one years on active duty. He received his commission at Fort Benning, GA in 1985 and retired in California in June 2006. After retiring from the Army, he and his wife moved to St. Helens.
Clark is a veterans of the Gulf War and has served with the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), U.S. Army Space Command and numerous command positions with U.S. Army Forces Command and U.S. Army Europe.
Clark is currently in the process of scheduling monthly community outreach programs in the communities of Vernonia, Clatskanie and Rainier. He is scheduled to be in Vernonia on July 9 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the Vernonia Community Learning Center, 939 Bridge Street. To schedule an appointment please contact Clark directly at 503-397-6580 or 503-397-3511 ext 275..